(3): Wade Smith, Brandon Brooks, Ben Jones
Analysis: Three guards?! Only three guards?! This is ridiculous!
Well, while it does sound ridiculous, keeping only three guards on the final roster actually makes sense for the Texans. For starters, it will allow them to keep an extra player at another position who could actually contribute to a Texans' special teams squad that had a terrible season last year.
And second, the Texans have multiple versatile tackles who could easily play at guard in a pinch, most notably the two rookies, David Quessenberry and Brennan Williams.
Both have the size and strength to play on the interior line in the Texans' zone-blocking scheme, and they both can provide valuable depth at the guard position.
So, even though it would appear that the Texans would have an extreme weakness at the guard position, if they only keep three of them, the versatility of their guards should offset that concern.
Now for the actual guards.
Wade Smith is the starter at left guard, and after a season of watching Ben Jones start at right guard, Brandon Brooks will now likely claim the honors. Brooks has slimmed down significantly from last season, and he is now in shape to preserve enough energy throughout the entire game.
Jones will be a valuable backup, as his starting experience should allow him to fill in seamlessly in case any of the starters suffer an injury.